[Editor’s Note: Etirflita made this awesome Choose Your Own Adventure game in the C-Blogs based on World 1-1 of Mario. Check it out and let us know what you think! — JRo]
You come to in a strange land, temporarily blinded by the bright cornflower blue expanse of sky stretching in all directions. You pull your hat down to shield your eyes from an invisible sun, and brush flecks of dust from your overalls which are caked in the sweat of a hard day’s work. “This is like that trip to Vegas,” you think, remembering how your brother Luigi ditched you in the desert for a few hours to score with some floozy with a flowery name.
Almost on cue, you hear a scream from somewhere to the east. You instinctively reach for your wrench, but you seem to have left your tool belt at home (wherever home was). “Oh well.” You crack your knuckles, prepared for the worst.
At your feet, the brick path shows signs of wear and tear all over — you are not the first to travel this road. A cloud floats by above you, looking eerily like the bushes next to you. It must be the sun playing tricks with your head.
Only one way to go: East.
As you start to walk eastward (knowing direction without the aid of a compass or the sun is an intrinsic instinct to plumbers) you see two peculiar sights: a floating box with a question mark emblazoned on the side, and an odd-looking creature that looks like the offspring of a man and a portobello mushroom.